Ford Joins Postmates on Self-Driving Food Delivery Platform

In today’s modern age, it’s as easy as a few taps of your fingertips to get fresh, delicious food delivered right to your doorstep. That’s thanks in part to food delivery services like Postmates. Soon, though, you might be able to get your food from Postmates in an entirely different way – via a self-driving food delivery platform.

Ford has teamed up with this delivery service to begin piloting the self-driving delivery vehicle experience. Right now, the American carmaker is testing the first and last mile of the delivery experience, utilizing vehicles that look as if they’re self-driving – though they’re actually driven by an experienced driver.

The self-driving technology that will go into this program is being developed in separate tests.

When you order via Postmates, your food will be loaded by the restaurant into one of the multiple lockers available in the Ford vehicle. You’re notified of the delivery timing and just need to enter your four-digit PIN code to access your food. This is a similar method that will be used when the self-driving platform is ready.

Right now, the pilot is currently only underway in Miami and Miami Beach – but who knows? Maybe it will make a stop in Pittsburgh sometime soon! Here at Shults Ford, we certainly hope so.

Self-driving food delivery platform - 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2019 Ford Ranger Testing Ensures Its Tough Enough

When you purchase the new 2019 Ford Ranger, Ford wants to make sure you’re getting a pickup truck that’s rough and ready for your next big adventure – no matter where it takes you. That’s why the American truck maker is putting the Ranger through its paces in some of the most grueling testing ever.

2019 Ford Ranger testing has ranged from demanding lab tests to robotic testing – it’s even seen the Ranger being pushed to its limits in the rugged Australian Outback and the heat of the Arizona desert, all in an effort to make sure this all-new truck is Built Ford Tough.

“We torture every component – from its high-strength steel frame to its EcoBoost® engine to its cloth and leather-trimmed seats – to ensure the Ranger is ready for any season and nearly any terrain,” said Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer.

Testing first started in the lab, moving to Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds once the Ranger prototype showed it was ready for the next challenge. At the proving grounds, robotic drivers are used behind the wheels to endure impacts that are so severe, human drivers could be injured.

Once it’s cleared there, its towing capability is tested in the inferno-like heat at the Davis Dam in Arizona and the dusty, harsh off-road terrain of the Australian Outback. After going through this type of endurance testing, you can only assume that the 2019 Ford Ranger will be able to handle whatever you throw at it.

Here at Shults Ford Harmarville, we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 2019 Ford Ranger.

2019 Ford Ranger Testing - 2018 Ford F-150 interior pictured

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Price Tag Announced

When Ford announced the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, the entire industry couldn’t wait to see what this pony car would offer in terms of performance – or how much it would cost. Now, we know what the Mustang Bullitt’s price tag will be when it hits showrooms this summer – and it’s surprisingly reasonable.

To get your hands on this future classic, you will have to shell out $47,495, which includes the $900 destination and delivery charge.

“The new Bullitt will be every bit as cool and charismatic as the original ’68 Mustang,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “Since its introduction earlier this year, Ford dealers have been fielding calls from customers wanting to know when they can order this unique piece of automotive history.”

Along with the Mustang Bullitt’s price tag, Ford has also announced its final performance numbers. It looks like this iconic pony car will be pumping out 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque with 93-octane fuel. This power will allow the Bullitt to hit a top speed of 163 miles per hour. That’s 8 mph faster than the 2018 Mustang GT.

There’s no word yet on how many of these limited-edition Mustangs will hit the showroom, but due to the triple-digit VIN of the first production model that was recently sold at auction, it’s likely that there won’t be many. Don’t miss out on this chance to own a piece of automotive history. Stop by Shults Ford Harmarville for more information about the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Ford Drone Research: Exploring New Types of Mobility

Ford is a world leader in the auto industry, but the brand also has a few other roles in other markets. In particular, Ford recently started performing drone research.

If you’ve watched any type of aerial video or seen photography taken from the air in the recent past, it was likely taken by a drone. Drones are also being used in agriculture to help map plots, in infrastructure to help with planning, and now in the automotive world.

Ford drone research is groundbreaking, and there are a few reasons an auto company is investing in this type of research. According to Ford, the brand has tried experimenting with anti-collision lights that several drones create to increase visibility at night. There are currently about 1.9 million drones floating around, and that number is increasing every day.

“To integrate new technology into vehicles, we need to develop a good understanding of how it works, how it can be used and what its limitations are,” said John Luo, Research Manager for Ford Research. “We frequently conduct experiments on individual vehicle components to understand as much as we can about them, so we bring only the best into our vehicles. Now we’re doing that with drones.”

At Shults Ford Harmarville, we’re proud to be associated with an innovative brand like Ford.

Ford drone research

Five Things We Love About the 2018 Ford Edge

The Ford Edge crossover is a classic for a reason. This vehicle has consistently offered versatility, comfort, capability, and safety to all sorts of driver lifestyles. It’s no surprise that the 2018 Ford Edge manages to take all of its best traits and make them even better. It’s too hard to pick favorites, but we’ll share with you five things that we really love about the new 2018 Ford Edge.

SEL Sport Appearance Package

There are plenty of ways to customize the Ford Edge. When you want a particularly stylish SUV, you can opt for this appearance package, which adds a sleek front grille, a rear spoiler, darkened headlamps, and 19-inch wheels.

EcoBoost® Engines

Both the 2.0-liter EcoBoost® and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost® offer the perfect balance of power and efficiency in this SUV.

SYNC® 3

The 2018 Ford Edge offers the latest Ford infotainment system for effortless connectivity. SYNC® 3 features natural voice commands, smartphone connectivity, navigation, and more.

FordPass™ App

You can take advantage of the technology in the 2018 Ford Edge to the fullest when you use the FordPass™ smartphone app. Find parking, compare fuel prices, and more from your smartphone.

Safety Features

The 2018 Ford Edge features a long list of advanced safety features, such as Adaptive Cruise Control and a Lane-Keeping System, that make for confident driving anywhere you go.

These are just five things from a seemingly endless list of admirable traits in the 2018 Ford Edge. Interested in learning more? Stop in at Shults Ford Harmarville and we’ll show you all the reasons why we love this SUV.

2018 Ford Edge

Ford and Virginia Tech Team Up for Driverless Technology

The future of autonomous and driverless vehicles is just around the corner. Automakers around the world are working on this technology. Ford and Virginia Tech have teamed up to study a unique aspect of self-driving cars—how people react to them.

When you reach an intersection with people waiting on the corner, you likely communicate with them through hand waves, head nods, or other gestures to show them your intentions. With a driverless vehicle, that communication is lost.

With the research Ford and Virginia Tech are doing, they have developed a series of light signals that can be used to show pedestrians what an autonomous vehicle is going to do next. To put these lights to the test, they equipped a Ford Transit with a light bar on the windshield and then created a “seat suit” to conceal the driver and make it look like a driverless vehicle.

You can watch this video to see how it works.

John Shutko, Ford’s human factors technical specialist, said, “We need to solve for the challenges presented by not having a human driver, so designing a way to replace the head nod or hand wave is fundamental to ensuring safe and efficient operation of self-driving vehicles in our communities.”

What would you think if you saw a driverless vehicle? Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we are excited to see where this incredible technology goes next.

Ford and Virginia Tech

2017 Ford Focus RS

Tearing down the highway and back county roads used to be the realm that the Ford Mustang specialized in, but now the Mustang might have to share. The 2017 Ford Focus RS is a power-packed hatchback designed for drivers who want more punch in the gas pedal. Affordable pricing and a legacy of performance make the Ford Focus RS a tough model to argue with.

The “RS” in Ford Focus RS stands for “Rally Sport.” The 2017 Ford Focus is the latest model to the bear the badge, putting it in a pool of performance-driven models. Just over 20 models have had the honor of bearing the badge since 1970.

The 2017 Ford Focus RS comes equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine paired to a manual transmission. That powertrain delivers a heart-stopping 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to the road.

The hot hatch rolls out on sport tires with a low stance that says it’s ready for action. Performance front disc brakes, a firm suspension, and more reinforce that statement. Advanced technologies, such as Launch Control, adjustable traction control, and switchable driving modes allow drivers to get as close to the road as they please.

We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are ready to take you on a test drive in the exciting new 2017 Ford Focus.

2017 Ford Focus RS

Ford Electric Van to Aid German Postal Service

Ford is an American automaker that tends to be a leader when it comes to innovation. Now that quality is expanding overseas where the German Postal Service has solidified a deal with Ford to create electric delivery vehicles. The new battery-powered models will be based on the existing Ford Transit and deliver packages across the country.

The partnership will ultimately elevate Ford to become the largest midsized e-van maker in Europe. The German Post Service, which owns the DHL shipping service as well, currently operates bare-bones vans that lack amenities like a passenger seat and radio. The vans are also limited to a top speed of under 50 mph.

Ford Transit Delivery Van

The new Ford electric delivery van is rumored to be based on the existing Ford Transit.

The Ford electric van will come to replace the German Postal Service’s diesel fleet of 92,000 vans. The American automaker plans to begin production in July and have 2,500 vans operating by the end of 2018.

Based on the Ford Transit, the new electric-powered delivery vans will offer an eco-friendly, more affordable way for the German Postal Service to meet customer needs. With health concerns over diesel continuing to grow, alternative energy is the clear answer to a brighter, more efficient future.

We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are pumped to see Ford continuing to uphold its reputation as a leader of innovation.

Stars Who Love Ford

Movie stars and music artists often find themselves intentionally, or even unintentionally, promoting a specific make and model or brand of vehicle. No performer purposely purchases a bad vehicle, so it’s more than likely the vehicle they’re driving features upscale materials and quality engineering. That sounds like the perfect description for a certain American brand, and stars tend to agree. We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville know of a few stars who love Ford models.

Steve McQueen

Bullitt was a movie that starred Steve McQueen behind the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang GT. The movie’s impact was so great, even in the present day, that Ford created a limited edition Mustang GT Bullitt.

While McQueen was a renowned car collector, he never managed to gain ownership of the car he drove in the movie. He attempted to convince owners of the only surviving movie model to sell the car to him, but never succeeded.

Jay Leno

Perhaps the most notorious car lover in media is Jay Leno, as evidenced by NBC’s dedicated webpage of his garage.

The late-night talk-show host got his first job at a Ford dealership, and his father would often call his 1966 Ford Galaxie 7 a “rocket ship” because of its performance. That likely jumpstarted Leno’s interest in Ford and ultimately led to his present ownership of a 1965 Ford Mustang GT 350. He was also friends with Carroll Shelby, the creator of the Shelby Mustang, for more than 20 years.

2018 Ford Mustang GT - Stars Who Love Ford

Why Road Trips in a Ford Edge Are the Best Kind of Road Trips

There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road for a trip away from the norm. Road trips are a great way to experience the country from a different perspective, and offer an intimate setting for family bonding. If you can get behind this type of adventure, then you need to consider planning your next road trip in a Ford Edge. This sporty crossover has the space and the comfort that will make your whole crew feel at home from point A to point B.

But road trips aren’t just about seats big enough for napping. There are design details in the 2017 Ford Edge that enhance each ride beyond modern comfort. Features like ambient LED lighting in the cabin will set the mood after dark. But when the sun is still up, having the available Panoramic Vista Roof® open will give passengers a whole new connection with the sunny skies as you move along to your destination.

A perfect road trip vehicle would also be equipped with the perfect suite of technology and safety features. After all, nothing can act as a substitute for the peace of mind that comes with knowing your vehicle is a safe haven. The 2017 Ford Edge is full of gadgets, from driver-assist technologies to tools like navigation,that will surely make your trip a success.

To learn more about what’s offered in the Ford Edge, or to hear why we love road trips in this crossover, stop by Shults Ford Harmarville today.

Road trips in a Ford Edge

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